What's next for Tiffany Grace Uy?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The woman of the hour.

Tiffany Grace Uy, a Biology major, led the new batch of University of Philippines Diliman graduates in the general commencement exercises on Sunday (June 28) after she earned a weighted average grade (WAG) of 1.004 — the highest grade obtained in the school's history since World War II.

She is one of the 29 graduates who received the summa cum laude honor, which is the university's highest academic distinction for graduates who earned a WAG of 1.20 or better.

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Her grade surpassed the 1.016 recorded by John Gabriel Pelias, a BS Mathematics graduate, in 2011.

CNN Philippines caught up with Uy and asked her what it means to finish with a WAG of 1.004 and what her future plans are.

You've officially graduated. How does it feel?

Honestly, I fell like my battle has just begun. All I’ve finished is a pre-medical course, and I have yet to begin my medical studies in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Hopefully I can earn a residency in PGH and then set out to become a doctor who can cater to Filipino patients.

You're a summa cum laude with a grade average of 1.004. How fulfilling is that?

For me scoring high grades or getting titles isn’t fulfilling at all, because I’m still a powerless individual. A number and a piece of paper did not alleviate anybody’s suffering... it did not help out a fellow being in need. Sometimes I wish I was born earlier so I could have finished (medical studies) earlier, and be knowledgeable enough to treat people. My dream is to be able to to save a life someday — that would be fulfilling.

Now that you've graduated, what’s next?

I’m beginning my medical studies in PGH. Thirteen or so years down the line, I’ll become a licensed physician in the clinic. But I also want to influence health care in the country. I want every Filipino to be able to get access to treatment.

Any message or advice to young students?

The best I can say is, admittedly so, studying is hard. But if you know what you’re studying for, that your studying will serve not yourself but those around you, then there becomes a reason for studying. Studying comes to have meaning. And the real application of learning is when you use it to tangibly change other lives for the better… then living the way you did becomes worth living.